Running back Christine Michael received plenty of hype with the Seahawks and Cowboys yet found himself looking for a new football home. For now, that new home is Ashburn.
The Washington Redskins added Michael to the practice squad, the team announced Thursday afternoon following a report by NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. Running back Mack Brown was released.
Michael was selected by Seattle in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft when current Redskins GM Scot McCloughan served as the Seahawks' senior personnel executive.
Once thought to be the heir apparent or possible tag-team partner to Marshawn Lynch, the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder only received 52 carries in two seasons with Seattle. Beaten out of the backup role by undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls this summer, Michael was traded to Dallas for a conditional 7th round pick.
Though opportunity existed following Joseph Randle's fall from grace, the former Texas A&M runner couldn't capitalize with the Cowboys. He gained 51 yards on 15 carries (3.4 ypc) over five games before being released Tuesday. Performannce reportedly not the only reason.
Washington recently lost RB Trey Williams from the practice squad when the Cowboys added the shifty the back.to their 53-man roster. Williams moved up the Dallas depth chart when Michael exited.
Injuries, specifically a broken right leg in 2010 and a torn ACL in 2011, limited Michael on the college level, yet NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock praised the RB ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft
"He's the most gifted tailback in this class, albeit troubled. He's had off-field issues and got in Kevin Sumlin's doghouse, which is why he slipped. But if he stays straight, boy is he gifted," Mayock said.